Crowds in Moscow shouted ‘Putin is a killer’ as they gathered for the funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Navalny’s supporters strongly believe the president is responsible for the 47-year-old’s death at a penal colony last month.

Today his coffin traveled in a hearse to the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God Soothe My Sorrows, in the Maryino district, where he has previously lived.


According to reports, His coffin was carried inside while mourners applauded and called out ‘Navalny! Navalny!’ as large numbers of riot police watched on.

Several churches in the capital had refused to hold the service.

Hours before the funeral was set to start, hundreds waited to enter the church, and Western diplomats were spotted in the long queue.

Authorities lined the road from a nearby subway station to the church with crowd-control barriers.

As Navalny’s body set out on his last journey to his funeral, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: ‘The Kremlin has nothing to say to Navalny’s relatives on the day of his funeral.’

Navalny associate Leonid Volkov said Putin would one day answer in court for the death of the politician.

‘Peskov said that Putin has nothing to say to Alexei Navalny’s family,’ he said.

‘I want to dare to say that Alexei’s family doesn’t need a single word from Vladimir Putin.

‘All the words we would need from Putin are those he’ll say before the judge.’

One mourner said: ‘I feel this is a funeral for the Russia that might have been.’

A woman said: ‘For us it was hope for a brighter future, not for North Korea.

‘This is the only thing we can do now is to pay tribute to the memory, keep it.

‘A person lives as long as we remember him. We need to remember why he got there. For us, for everyone. And of course continue, don’t give up, as he asked.’